Touring Show call for Directors and MDs

Do you have a theme, concept or vision of how to present our 2019 Touring Show?
No matter what your previous experience, we’d like to invite you for a chat about your ideas.
We are particularly keen to encourage new or relative novice director/MDs to think about taking on this fun and rewarding challenge!
Interested? Just contact Warren via in the first instance.
For an idea of how the touring show is organised, see details of our 2017 show here


CATS Cast Announced!

We’re delighted to announce the team that will bring the Cambridge premiere of CATS to the Mumford Theatre in June 2018! The production team had a hugely difficult task in casting from a really high quality set of candidates across the board, and we would like to thank everyone who auditioned for the time and effort they put in.

Alan Hay

Andrea Birdwood

Cat Nicol

Daisy Gill

Damion Box

Daniel Hunwick

Georgia Derbyshire

James Hayward

Janice Chambers

Jen Webster

Jenny Lewis

Jess Irving

Kaat De Backer

Karen Turner

Kathy Bullock

Kristian Turner

Laura Dilloway

Laurie-Lee McDowell

Lucy Farrow

Magda Zun

Mandy Jeffery

Mike Webster

Oliver Fisher

Paulina Levin-Ander

Roger Wood

Rosie Wells

Sarah Monkman

Stephanie Swan


Congratulation to our fantastic cast – get ready – rehearsals start in the first week of March!

‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ Nominated for Best Musical 2017


We are very proud that our 2017 main show ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ has been nominated for ‘Best  Musical 2017’ at this year’s NODA East Gala Awards.

This is our 3rd year in a row to receive a nomination in this category, with last year’s show ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ going on to win the award.

Cats: Intro evening on 6th February

Festival Players are very proud and very excited to be presenting the Cambridge premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS.

Performances will be at the Mumford Theatre, 7-16 June 2018, directed by Suzanne Emerson, with musical direction by Joe Griffiths.

The pre-audition evening will be on Tuesday 6th February at Christ the Redeemer Church, Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8RS. Starting at 7:30pm – all are welcome, just turn up!

Auditions dates are 13th, 15th, and either 17th or 18th February (TBC) with any recalls on 20th February. Booking for audition slots opens at the information evening.

This is a chance to be part of one of the most iconic and best loved musicals of all time. We’ll need a large company of performers of all ages and talents – this is not going to be just a high-kicking gymnasts, lycra and legwarmers show. Suzanne has some great and different ideas on presentation and interpretation!

The team are looking for a large company of all ages and talents, and auditions are open to those 16 and over.

So come to our information evening, meet the Production Team, find out about the parts, have a sing-a-long and get your audition booked. See you there!

Announcing the Tommy Thomas Award

At the 2017 AGM, in recognition of Brian ‘Tommy’ Thomas’ 43-year association with Festival Players – and to mark his retirement as chair of the society – the committee announced a new annual award – The Tommy Thomas Award.

Reflecting the qualities that Tommy has brought to Festival Players shows over the years, its subtitle is ‘I’m only in the chorus’!

The criteria for the award, created by Tommy himself, are as follows:

– A team member who progresses vocally as a result of being involved in the production
– A team player who gets on well with colleagues
–  One who shows determination when tackling new demands (harmony, for instance)
– A regular attender at rehearsals, arriving on time
– Evidence of consolidation – preparation time being spent at home
– Someone confident to seek help if in doubt

The award applies to our main summer show (where there is usually an ensemble), and will be decided by the musical director, with input from the director and choreographer as appropriate.

The first award will be given for Cats in June next year.

Our 2018 Summer Show is…

Festival Players is delighted to announce that its 2018 summer production will be:

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS


Since conquering the West End in 1981, the musical based on the poems of T S Eliot has played around the world, with songs such as Memory, Mr Mistoffeles, Skimbleshanks, McAvity and Jellicle Cats seeping into the consciousness of theatre-lovers young and old.

The production will run from 7-16 June at the Mumford Theatre, Cambridge.

Festival Players is now seeking applications for the position of director. The performing licence calls for a fresh, new interpretation (rather than anything based on the original production design), so we’re looking for a visionary that can bring new ideas as we revive this iconic musical in the Cambridge area for the very first time.

Applications for director, outlining your vision, should be sent to by 31 October. Please also state your availability to meet the committee from 12-25 November.